About Us

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.
– Nelson Mandela

What we stand for

Basic Income Manitoba envisions a society in which each individual lives with sufficient income for basic needs, health and social participation. Our guiding principles state:

  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that every person has the right to life, liberty and security of the person (s. 7) and to equality (s. 15). These rights cannot be exercised in poverty.
  • The elimination of poverty in Canada is an essential objective of society that need not be associated with charity.
  • Poverty is a human tragedy, not a natural one, and can be eliminated by ensuring that all individuals have access to basic necessities through a basic income.
  • A basic income must not reduce benefits related to disability or other equality needs and must not be regarded as a substitute for essential services.
  • Basic Income Manitoba advocates moving from income support to income guarantee.

What we do

Basic Income Manitoba:

  • Educates Manitobans about basic income, its benefits and effects
  • Promotes and develops public support for basic income in Manitoba and across Canada
  • Seeks to influence public policy with regard to basic income
  • Encourages and shares research on basic income

Who we are

Meaghan Erbus has worked and volunteered with various community based organisations throughout Winnipeg and is currently employed at Winnipeg Harvest as their Community Engagement Manager.
Evelyn L. Forget is an economist and professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is best known for her work on Basic Income, which includes a re-analysis of the Mincome Basic Income Experiment. She has published widely and often advises governments, international bodies and First Nations on health policy. Her most recent book is Basic Income for Canadians: the key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all.
Sid Frankel is a member of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba who works on the non-profit sector and is an activist and community volunteer.
David Northcott recently retired as the executive director of Winnipeg Harvest and has been outspoken about the need to end poverty.
Paul Walsh Q.C. (Chair) is a lawyer whose history includes a weekly commentary on CBC radio, and CTV. He has served on community cultural boards including The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg Art Gallery, as well as the United Way.

Special thanks

Basic Income Manitoba could not carry out its work without the generous in-kind support of various organizations in the community including Winnipeg Harvest and the University of Manitoba.

An extra special thanks to Bounce Design for donating their design and marketing services, and to Mike Myschyshyn for volunteering his time as web designer. Thanks to Fonticons, Inc for use of their awesome icons.